As you may’ve guessed, my name is Alec McPike.
I grew up in the very small town of Tenino, Washington (approximately 1,800 permanent residents). I played football in high school and occasionally went to class.
At the age of 21, I left Washington and joined the U.S. Coast Guard. I served for a little over five years, spending one year in Detroit and the subsequent four years in Hawaii. I worked as a medic and tactical law enforcement officer, spent some time in the Middle East, and traveled extensively across the South Pacific.
I left the military in pursuit of a sense of individuality, and found my way to Southern California. I worked full time as an EMT for about a year, and continued part time during college—serving mostly in the nursing homes and night clubs of Los Angeles.
After college, but before entering early retirement and deciding to pursue writing full time, I worked for one of the biggest and busiest Organ Procurement Organizations in the world. The meaningfulness of this work carried me a great distance, but the corporate structure and necessary objectivity were not in line with my quest for individuality and creativity.
For most of my adult life, I have been committed to improving, even saving the lives of others. This has been meaningful to me and impactful beyond measure. I hope to continue helping people but in a much different capacity—with my writing.
I also have a degree in journalism from Pepperdine University, am a professional scuba diver, voracious reader, and paint enthusiastically when time allows. I’m also working diligently on my first book.
Thanks for reading!